The Malawi Queens have secured a three-year sponsorship whose launch is set for this afternoon at Amaryllis Hotel in Blantyre.
Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) general secretary Carol Bapu confirmed the development, but kept a tight lid on the identity of the sponsor and the actual package.
“We are delighted to have finally secured sponsors for the Queens. However, we will not divulge any details at this point as we have the official launch tomorrow [today],” she said.
Bapu said the sponsorship will help boost the team’s preparations for international competitions and incentives.
However, sources confided in The Nation yesterday that FDH Bank, who also sponsor the Malawi national football team, will be unveiled as the new official sponsor of the Queens.
Queens captain Carol Mtukule-Ngwira said the sponsorship will help improve the team’s performance.
“There have been times when our preparations have not been up to scratch due to lack of adequate funding and, hopefully, the coming in of the new sponsor will help bridge that gap.
“We also hope that players’ incentives will also be improved; hence, they will be motivated,” she said.
The Queens have been without an official sponsor since Airtel Malawi decided against renewing its partnership with the netball body after the expiry of the three-year K360 million sponsorship which also included a national tournament.
In December 2016, NAM announced what was supposed to be a record five-year K600 million sponsorship from United Kingdom-based Rach Family Trust.
The deal was officially signed in February 2017, but in essence, it never took off leading to its cancellation for breach of contract.